Art Walker’s private practice focuses on family care and sports injuries and relies heavily on his team of massage therapists. He co-founded Complementary Healthcare Plans, a network of northwest chiropractic and naturopathic physicians, acupuncturists and massage therapists. Since retiring from active practice, he has certified hundreds of massage therapists in the use of Gua Sha tools for neuromuscular practice. He is a certified NCBTMB instructor. A running enthusiast, Art has 65 marathons to his credit including a marathon in every state and DC. He has taught basic mountaineering, cross country skiing and instructor training for the Mazamas, a northwest climbing club. He has been part of the CRSMT team for 6 years.
Vickie Torrey, MBA, MHA, LMBT, is a licensed massage and bodywork therapist with 26 years experience in therapeutic massage and over 26 years experience as a Counselor/Certified Social Worker. Ms. Torrey has previously served as Director of Education for the North Carolina Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), taught massage and movement for Omega Institute of Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, New York, and wrote for the Charlotte Post a monthly newspaper column entitled “Hands On Health,” that focused on massage, bodywork and mind-body psychology. She began teaching in 1987 when she founded Lighten Up Holistic Health Services, an international health and training agency that offers classes in self-care, stress reduction and integrative touch therapies. She received her certification in Medical Massage for the Cancer Patient from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, New York. Vickie is passionate about teaching Oncology Massage and helping caregivers reclaim their inner joy. She is the author of an ebook of daily healing affirmations entitled: Live! Love! Heal! Abundant Life Affirmations and Joy Bringers—Celebrate the Joy in Each Moment! She teaches classes in Hot Stone, Intuitive, and Oncology Massage in Brazil, Costa Rica, and the US. Vickie is currently a faculty member at Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy in Samara Beach, Costa Rica where she teaches Ethics and Communications and Oncology Massage. Her classes are taught in an upbeat, fun and caring atmosphere.
Dr. Lou Walters is a board-certified naturopathic physician. He earned his medical degree from The National College of Natural Medicine in Portland Oregon, where he graduated summa cum laude. He is also board-certified in Applied Kinesiology. As a holistic family physician, Dr. Walters specializes in treating people not diseases. The focus of his practice is to go beyond the symptoms and treat the deeper source of the issue by balancing the person’s structural, nutritional, and mental-emotional health. He also works with people who want to optimize their health and prevent developing chronic diseases. Dr. Walters is very passionate about helping people reach and maintain higher levels of health and wellness. When he is not teaching or running his private practice in Bozeman, he can be found in the rivers and mountains of Montana.
Sandra K. Anderson has a BA, and certification in massage therapy, shiatsu, and Thai massage. She has been a bodywork educator for 20 years. Currently, in addition to seeing clients, Sandra is author of The Practice of Shiatsu and Mosby’s Pocket Guide to Stretching. She is also co-author, with Patricia M. Holland, of Chair Massage and Communication & Ethics for Bodywork Practitioners, co-author, with Ann L. Mihina, of Natural Spa and Hydrotherapy, and co-author, with Jean’e L. Freeman of Career Longevity: The Bodywork Practitioner’s Guide to Wellness & Body Mechanics. Sandra also creates and conducts continuing education workshops in Western and Asian bodywork techniques. She is a consultant for massage therapy and bodywork education programs, and reviews and edits bodywork education materials.
M. Kaysie Noll is a Licensed Massage Practitioner, DOULA and educator from Seattle, Washington. She got her massage education at Seattle Massage School in 1997, her DOULA training from Seattle Midwifery the same year and then received her Pre-Perinatal Massage Certification in 1998. She has a thriving clinical practice in North Seattle, providing pre-natal massage therapy, specializing in “high risk” pregnancies, injury treatment and recovery as well as working with clients of all ages and stages of health and wellness. In addition, as a DOULA she offers labor and delivery support to her clients who are receiving pregnancy massage. As an educator, Kaysie has been teaching massage for 15+ years in a variety of educational environments. She has worked with Northwest Hospital and Medical Center in Seattle supervising and training student massage practitioners, providing massage to patients in the cardiac rehabilitation center, childbirth center, general hospital patient floor as well as oncology. Her subjects taught include, Massage Theory and Practice, Deep Tissue, MFR, Pregnancy Massage, Pathology, Kinesiology, Student Clinic, Business and Professional Development Courses.
“As a practitioner, it is my goal to provide the highest quality of care and treatment for my clients in a safe and professional environment. As an educator, it is my goal to share my knowledge; experience and expertise with future practitioners and help them achieve success and support the profession I love.”
M. Kaysie Noll, LMP, DOULA
Rick Robinette has been a massage therapist in Texas since 1985, and an instructor since 1986. During that time, he has taught all aspects of basic and advanced massage programs. Rick has attended over 1000 hours of continuing education, primarily involving: musculoskeletal anatomy, soft tissue injuries and conditions, and pressure-mediated manual therapy techniques. During the past 10 years, it has been his privilege to log in more than 500 hours of private human dissection, a necessary preparation to teaching advanced anatomy workshops and classes. Rick Robinette is the author of “Trigger Point Therapy”, a textbook on a massage therapy approach to pain management, published by Pearson Health Science for massage therapy students and practitioners. When not teaching, he is busy with a variety of writing projects, including: Web sites and other online content, additional health-related books, and articles.
Michele Camille, BS, LMT, is a licensed oncology massage therapist, body worker, certified awareness trainer, health coach and consultant. She has completed an intensive hospital-based oncology massage program, as well as advanced training in oncological massage. She holds a B.S. in marketing, with minors in Spanish and psychology from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Her journey has included twenty-five years in the healthcare industry, most recently as an executive in drug development research. She loved working with teams on the development of pharmaceutical compounds, yet always knew that there was an important component of patient care missing from her work; the holistic impact on health that is attuned to the body’s innate inclination to heal and be well. Believing strongly in the profound roles of inner healing and self-care in wellness, she left her corporate position several years ago to continue her studies in holistic modalities and coaching. Her family and friends have been impacted by cancer for decades. With great honor for the depth of courage that all who are touched by cancer face, she has founded Oncology Massages Associates, LLC. Her hope is that she can significantly enhance and impact the wellness journey of each person she is honored to work with.
Samantha Saladino holds a Bachelors of Science degree from Colorado State University, has been a licensed massage therapist since 2004 and is a certified yoga teacher. Her comprehensive massage training includes Shiatsu, neuromuscular repatterning, myofascial, pre- and post-natal, lymphatic, deep tissue, and trigger point therapy. She recently began training in cranial sacral therapy. She has extensive experience working with injury and rehabilitation, buttressed by her clinical and sports massage training. Samantha has gained over 1000 hours of clinical experience working in an occupational health clinic, under the guidance of Dr. Karen Weisman, MD. She also spent several years working as a doula and assisting women in childbirth using massage, herbs and breathing techniques. She has studied herbal medicine with Dr. Tieraona Low Dog, MD, and worked as a clinical herbalist, growing and collecting wildcrafted herbs to produce plant medicine. She has taught musculoskeletal anatomy, physiology, pathology, body mechanics, and massage technique in various massage schools, doula trainings and yoga teacher trainings.
Joni is a Holistic Health Care Provider, and offers independent seminars on Trauma Recovery and Thai Massage Therapy. Joni has been an instructor in massage therapy schools since 1990. Joni has a background as a RN, and is a Somatic Counselor, with specialization in Trauma Recovery. Joni graduated from Naropa University in Boulder, CO with a MA degree in Body Psychotherapy in 2006. Her interests lie in bringing the holistic perspective to her clients as well as to her students. Joni is also a certified Yoga instructor and embodies the spirit of a yogic lifestyle in her daily living, whether that includes teaching or offering private sessions of bodywork. Her attitude is filled with a love of life and a passion to inspire others to connect to the essence of who they are to feel as alive as humanly possible. She generates enthusiasm in her classroom by inviting students to show up and explore all that they are curious about, and all that they too embody from experience. Having fun and being able to feel joy is at the heart of her work, continuously discovering joy for herself, and sharing this with others. Joni’s quest for adventure continues to take her where she is drawn to learn and develop, and CRSMT is one place she loves to be a part of.
Beverley Giroud serves as the Director of Education for CRSMT. Beverley discovered a love of teaching and a passion for the industry while earning her massage therapy certificate in 1998. She became an instructor in 1999 and has been volunteering on a national level throughout her career. She served on and chaired the NCBTMB’s Exam Development Committee for 10 years and has been serving as a COMTA Commissioner since 2012. Beverley’s extensive experience in private practice as well as many hours of interaction with other professionals in and out of the classroom provides a wealth of learning experiences to share. She is also the author of “Ethics and Professionalism for Massage Therapists and Bodyworkers”. She strives for excellence in the academic standards at CRSMT and works closely with instructors to impart solid foundational knowledge and skills while allowing students to develop their own unique and creative bodywork styles. In addition to her role as Director of Education, Beverley provides her expertise in the classroom as a valued instructor of the CRSMT teaching team.
Tess McGrath is the Director of Operations at CRSMT. After graduating from Lehigh University, where she studied Accounting and Finance and was the captain of the women’s lacrosse team, Tess traveled extensively throughout the United States, New Zealand and Kenya for nearly a year and half. While in Kenya, she worked for a micro-finance organization helping to launch small businesses. Tess first came to Samara to work for Asociacion CREAR, a local non-profit organization, in June of 2012 as a continuation of her Master’s thesis work in Kenya. In December of 2012 she graduated from SUNY Albany with a Master’s Degree in Non-Profit Management and quickly returned to Samara to pick up where she left off. In January of 2014 Tess joined the CRSMT team, excited and ready to put her unique set of skills to work. She is an integral part of the staff providing support to both instructors and students as they embark upon a new chapter of their lives. She also continues to work closely with CREAR as a program leader and board member. She is passionate about holistic living, traveling, and working with children. She also loves to be outdoors, hiking, playing soccer or surfing.
Kat Parker is the Clinic Supervisor and Property Manager at CRSMT. She was born and raised in California. While attending university she discovered a passion for education, community activism, and travel that continues to this day. In 2011 Kat decided to pursue her passion for teaching and volunteering and traveled to Costa Rica to earn her TEFL certificate. She quickly discovered her love of life abroad and the warmth and generosity of the Tico way of life. After only a matter of months she decided to make Samara her home and has since taught and volunteered with various public and private schools in the community. Kat is now happily dedicating her efforts to support the educational pursuits of CRSMT students while also continuing to teach English. In her free time Kat enjoys reading, swimming, and walking the beautiful beaches of Costa Rica.
Juan is the Head of Maintenance and has been working with the school since we broke ground on construction over a decade ago. He is quite literally able to solve any type of maintenance issue and does it all with his characteristic humility and smile. Juan enjoys playing soccer, running, and listening to music, but his real passion is woodworking. You will see his crafts and creations all over campus!
Marvin joined the CRSMT staff in 2013 as the Maintenance Assistant. You will often see him tending the grounds, cleaning the pool, or assisting Juan, who happens to be his older brother, with one of the many projects they undertake on any given day. In addition to his work here on campus, Marvin also attends school in the evenings. He enjoys playing all kinds of sports, especially soccer, and spending time at the beach with friends.
Maria Luisa is the Head of Housekeeping at CRSMT. She has worked with us for the past 5 years and is to credit for the high-standard of beauty and cleanliness in our campus houses and classrooms. She is a brilliant multi-tasker, a dedicated employee, and an essential part of our team. Watch out for her towel origami, complete with fresh flowers from our gardens! In her free time Maria Luisa enjoys spending time with her family and watching TV.
Miriam is the Housekeeping Assistant on campus. She joined our team 2 years ago and has since shown herself to be a valued member of the staff. She and Maria Luisa work side by side cleaning and maintaining the campus houses and classrooms and ensuring that we always have fresh linens for in-class practice and clinic practicum shifts. You will immediately notice her shy smile and her dedicated work ethic. Outside of work Miriam loves dancing and playing soccer on Sundays.
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